Professor Solomon's essay, "From Screen to Stage and Back: Max Linder and the ‘Cinematographic Sketch’, 1908–1913," was published in the journal Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film online, and will appear in print in vol. 48, no.1 (2021) of the journal. Between 1908 and 1913, as Max Linder emerged as a major international film star for Pathé, he made a specialty of combining film projections with live theatre performances. In these ‘cinematographic sketches’, action that began onscreen appeared to continue on stage. Using considerable primary-source evidence drawn from French, British, and American film and trade periodicals, Solomon's essay demonstrates the liminality of Linder’s multimedia stardom during cinema’s ‘transitional period’ by demonstrating how frequently he went from screen to stage and back.
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